As Penn State’s assistant coaches have been jostled around throughout the offseason, a few individuals have benefited from an opportunity to become a little more involved with the team. Phil Galiano is one of those people.

Last year, Galiano served as the defensive consultant for the Nittany Lions, his first season in State College. Now, he’s been promoted to the special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach on James Franklin’s staff.

Galiano has been coaching in some capacity since 2000 but broke into the Division I level when he became a graduate assistant at Rutgers in 2003. He was on staff through 2006 before leaving for Florida International. He’s also had stops with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins before coming to Penn State.

The new special teams coordinator sat down for an interview to talk about his new role with the program and explained how he can use his past experiences for this new position.